January 15, 2010

Balanced Attack Leads Brown Past Yale in Ivy League Opener

Providence, RI- Aileen Daniels led three Brown players in double-digit scoring with 15 points and five rebounds to help the Bears (4-11, 1-0 Ivy) to a thrilling 60-56 victory against Yale (5-9, 0-1 Ivy) in its 2009-10 Ivy League opener at the Pizzitola Sports Center Friday evening.

Despite a 7-0 deficit in the first six minutes of the game, the Bears fought back with a basket from Daniels and seven consecutive points from Lindsay Nickel to even the score 9-9 with 10:56 remaining in the half. The Bears and Bulldogs traded baskets, as the Bears continued to stay within striking distance with solid defense and limiting Yale to just one shot as the Bears out-rebounded the Bulldogs 27-23 in the first stanza.

Yale extended its lead to 18-15 with 5:42 left in the first, but sophomore Lindsay Steele put in nailed a jumper to cut the Bears deficit to one. The teams continued to trade baskets and Yale gained a 25-23 advantage with 57 seconds left, and went on to gain a four-point lead after a layup from junior Mady Gobrecht. But Brown’s Sheila Dixon came right back down the court with a layup to put Brown within two, to head into the locker room at the half trailing 27-25.

Yale jumped out to a seven point lead to begin the second half, but the Bears buckled down and came back to take its first lead of the night, 39-37, after a jumper by Aileen Daniels with 11:40 on the clock.

Brown extended its lead to four after two free throws by Daniels, but Yale’s Haywood Wright made a lay-up to cut the deficit back to two. Yoyo Greenfield tied the game at 41 with 10:13 on the clock with a lay-up, but Hannah Passafuime drove to the hoop to give the lead back to Brown at the 8:27 mark.

A jump shot by Lindsay Nickel boosted Brown’s advantage to three, 47-44, at the 6:07 mark, but a free throw by Allie Messimer brought the Bulldogs back within two. Yale hit back-to-back buckets to gain a 50-48 lead with 4:41 remaining, but an intentional foul by Yale’s Melissa Colborne put junior forward Sarah Delk at the line to make both to tie the game for the fifth time.

Sheila Dixon made a lay-up and the Bears made a big stop on the other end of the floor as Delk grabbed the rebound and passed the ball down the floor to Dixon who hit a jumper to give Bruno a four-point lead with 3:33 left in the game. Delk hit two more free throws to gain its biggest lead of the evening, 56-50, as Brown never looked back and handled Yale’s defensive pressure to secure a 60-56 win.

Aileen Daniels paced the Brown offense with 15 points and five rebounds, followed by Lindsay Nickel with 11 and Hannah Passafuime added 10. Natalie Bonds had another big night on the boards for Bruno, as she pulled down 10 rebounds and added three points in tonight’s contest. Leading the Bulldogs was Mady Gobrecht with 15 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Yoyo Greenfield with 13 points.

The Bears ended the night shooting 36 percent from the field, as Yale finished 30 percent. Brown went 12-of-20 from the free-throw line and grabbed 42 rebounds this evening, and Yale went 18-of-25 from the line and pulled down 52 boards.

The Bears are back in action on Friday, Jan. 22 when it battles Yale in New Haven at 7:00 p.m.